Thursday, October 31, 2013

#BlogTour and #Giveaway--> Mate of the Alpha by Marie Mason

I am so pleased to be a tour host of the book tour organized by Fangtastic Book Tours. The tour dates are 10/27/13 – 11/9/13.

Book Info:
Author: Marie Mason
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: October 14, 2013
Length: 31 pages


Ethan Scott was reluctant to claim his mate, Lily Reynolds. He was afraid his carnal needs would be too much for the curvy innocent. His wolf was of another mind, pushing the man relentlessly to mate. But Ethan knew once he had the brown-haired beauty there would no turning back. He’d claim her, mate her, and bred her. When she’s attacked by a group of rouge wolves, Ethan fears he has left his claiming too late and will lose his mate forever. When he comes to her rescue, he discovers the spirited Lily is more than ready to be the mate of an alpha.

Lily Reynolds has been crushing on her boss since she started work at Wolfe Enterprises six months ago. She knew the chances of attracting the wolf into a long-term relationship were slim to none – slim being a state she hadn’t achieved since childhood. She loved her curves and knew there was someone out there who would love every soft, luscious inch of her voluptuous body. Heartbroken, she knew Ethan Scott wasn’t that man despite the hot and cold signals the wolf shifter had been given her for months. 

Excerpt :

In his mate, he sensed a reserve. There was a wariness within the depths of her pretty, brown eyes that spoke of something, he suspected, that had to do with a man. It made him angry to think anyone had ever hurt his mate. But knowing he’d have to overcome her natural resistance and some asshole’s past behavior was a challenge.

A sense of challenge in regards to a woman, especially a mate, was arousing as hell.

Thankfully, there wasn't so much as a hint of feeling intimidated by him in her demeanor. Fate would not have given him a woman who would be cowered by his dominance. She would have given him a mate who completed him, who balanced the arrogance of his wolf.

There were other reasons for his reluctance to claim his mate. There was an air of such pure innocence surrounding Lily that it frightened him. He was a creature of the forest, an earthy, sexual being. He knew mating with him would expose her to his wolf’s – hell, the man’s – ferocious carnal appetite, the constant craving. The need to dominate her sexually. Of course, he would protect her and provide for her as no other male ever could. He was her mate, too. Designed to fulfill her needs and wants and desires. He just didn't know if she was ready to be the mate of the alpha.

He smiled as he handed her the contracts. Slowly, sensuously, sending a silent message he hoped she was starting to understand. He wanted her and he was going to have her. She was careful not to touch his hand as she took the sheaf of papers. Noting her stealth to not so much as brush his fingers with her own, Ethan’s eyes danced with deviltry.

“I’m sure I can manage it,” she said primly before she turned and walked back to her office, unaware of the big, bad wolf ogling her rounded ass and curvy legs.

The sensation of simmering expectancy inside Ethan ratcheted up to rioting anticipation. The man and wolf both thought – tonight is the night.

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About the Author:
Marie Mason loves to write romances about shifters and the curvy girls who love them. Her stories focus on the romance element in any genre – erotica, paranormal, contemporary. There is always an happy-ever-after in a Marie Mason romance.

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#FREEBIES and #BARGAIN books quota for the Day---> Halloween Special!!

Being an account of the Mysterious Manifestations that have taken place in the presence of ESTHER COX The young Girl who is possessed of Devils, and has become known throughout the entire Dominion as THE GREAT AMHERST MYSTERY. --Additional Note: THE AUTHOR LIVED IN THE HOUSE AND WITNESSED THE WONDERFUL MANIFESTATIONS. Synopsis Subtitled: Being an account of the Mysterious Manifestations that have taken place in the presence of ESTHER COX The young Girl who is possessed of Devils, and has become known throughout the entire Dominion as THE GREAT AMHERST MYSTERY. --Additional Note: THE AUTHOR LIVED IN THE HOUSE AND WITNESSED THE WONDERFUL MANIFESTATIONS.

Robert Louis Stevenson's all-time classic "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".

Bram Stoker's Dracula introduces one of literature's most famous characters, as the terrifying Count wreaks havoc on the band of hunters intent on stopping him.

The Island of the Dolls is a strange and eerie tourist destination in Mexico, where hundreds of decomposing dolls hang from trees like grisly Christmas ornaments. On a trip to the island, Joyce Parker's daughter falls in love with a beautiful but sinister doll. Soon after, she starts developing strange mannerisms that concerns Joyce. Her research into the doll's past reveals a dark history, and the curse of a lonely child spirit.

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A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… 
At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce – a hostile thirteen-year-old – boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.
That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

Do you sleep with the light on? Are you in the habit of checking your doors and windows before you go to bed? Maybe even checking under your bed? If you are about to crack open Joe Hill's chilling thriller Heart-Shaped Box, you might want to rethink your nighttime habits--Hill's story about an aging rock star (with a penchant for macabre artifacts) who buys a haunted suit online will scare you silly.
The son of legendary horror-master Stephen King, Hill has written a ghost novel that will keep your heart pounding past midnight. Over-the-hill rock star Jude Coyne is obsessed with the occult. He goes online to buy a suit advertised as being haunted by the dead owner's ghost. After the suit arrives in a heart-shaped box, so does the suit's spooky owner. Hill keeps up a breathtaking pace as Jude and the ghost fight an epic battle. Jude can run but can’t hide: "The ghosts always caught up eventually,” Jude realizes, “and there was no way to lock the door on them."


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was based on a German folktale set in the Dutch culture of Post-Revolutionary War in New York State. The original folktale was recorded by Karl Musäus. An excerpt of Musäus:

The headless horseman was often seen here. An old man who did not believe in ghosts told of meeting the headless horseman coming from his trip into the Hollow. The horseman made him climb up behind. They rode over bushes, hills, and swamps. When they reached the bridge, the horseman suddenly turned into a skeleton. He threw the old man into the brook and sprang away over the treetops with a clap of thunder.

#Halloween #Horror #Classics #Thriller

#BookReview--> Hercule Poirot #36- Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

It's a Halloween party when amidst the talks of murder, Joyce, a thirteen year old girl, boasts that she once witnessed a murder.

"I saw a murder once," said Joyce

#ShortStory: My Platinum Day of Love

It was a cold and foggy night. The one that comes only in the month of mid December here in Madhya Pradesh and as I stood alone at a deserted bus stop, I couldn't help but chant the “Hanuman Chalisa” fervently wishing for a bus. The preference for an A.C. bus had long ago been replaced by the necessity for any bus. After all beggars can’t be choosers.

I was regretting my decision of taking a short, previously unexplored route to my home, one that no one had seemed welcoming enough to take other than the stupid me who had ignored all my friends’ warnings and taken off to catch a bus from Indore which would take me straight to Lucknow rather than taking one from the college to Jhansi and then from Jhansi to Lucknow which we usually took. But it was too late now and I could not return to the college as there was no transport in sight. I was stranded here with no company apart from the thick swirling fog which gave an eerie sensation of impending doom.

“It’s so fitting. Ava you deserve to be stranded.”

I scolded myself and again regretted my decision to leave alone. I had just wanted to get away from everyone as quickly as possible. After all what was left for me there to stay any longer. The man of my dreams had left with just a dry goodbye and no indication of any sadness on parting from me. Meanwhile I, being the fool that I was, felt hollow. The course had ended and with it my hope that Ajay loved me too as I did had also died. He had seemed too eager to leave and start his new life in which I felt I had no place.

A sob escaped my lips as I thought of all the times I had felt my heart flutter when he was near and had desperately hoped for his care to be anything but platonic. Suddenly I was jerked from my reverie by the sound of a car door opening and then a loud sound as it was banged shut.

As the unwelcome thoughts of kidnapping to assault to mugging ran through my mind, I heard loud footsteps coming towards me through the thick fog that had enveloped everything leaving me more aware of my other senses. My heart started thumping loudly and my blood roared in my ears. I felt trapped. There was nowhere to run and the footsteps were getting nearer with each passing second. It seemed like the person was running now.

“Oh God! What do I do? Please God save me and I promise once I reach home I will treat you with one kg of besan laddoos.”

I coaxed and begged God to listen as I crouched behind the bench hoping that whoever it was, would leave. I could not see the person (I had my eyes shut and I was busy chanting the names of all 33 million Hindu Gods) but I could feel him standing just on the other side of the bench. He was muttering something about someone being stupid and impulsive and once he got his hands on that someone he would wring his neck.

I was trying very hard to concentrate and make my prayers reach God so that the first time I heard my name I thought God himself was speaking and before I could repeat my prayer once more I was suddenly pulled upright and someone shouted my name.

“Help!” I rasped. My throat had suddenly gone very dry.

“Ava! Listen to me. It’s Ajay.”

But I was not listening. My brain had shut down and my worst fears had come true. I was sure I was going to get assaulted and couldn't even shout. Even my voice had deserted me. As I kicked and bucked I was conscious of strong hands imprisoning me and someone shouting. But I wouldn't open my eyes. I had one thought and one thought alone which was to run.

“Wait and listen stupid! I am Ajay. Open your eyes dammit.” He shouted.

Through the haze of fear I heard my name repeated once more and opened my eyes. I blinked again and again but every time I saw Ajay. But that was impossible. He would have left hours ago for Gwalior to catch his train to Delhi yet here he was staring at me like he suspected I had lost my mind.

“Ajay?” I croaked.

“Yes, Ajay. Thank God!” He blew out his held breath as his eyes searched me for any possible damage.

“What are you doing here?” I was still incredulous and not sure if he was still here or my eyes had just conjured him up.

“I should ask you the same question.” He glared daggers at me.

“What were you thinking? Taking off alone like this? It was fortunate that I heard of this stunt of yours and came looking for you.” He scolded me while his eyes flashed.

He was so handsome with wavy black hair and coal black eyes set in a fair and soft face. He was constantly saying something and I guessed none of it was praise for me but still I was mesmerized by his beauty. He was so tall. I thought more than at least a foot taller than me and yet so gentle as he held me. He was my best friend. I smiled as I remembered the first time I had met him. It was our “Professional Development” class and we had been divided into groups of five. Ajay came in our team but he was so shy. He hardly said a word and sat quietly. Later I came to know that he was shy of girls and could not talk to them. Our first interaction started with chatting on “Yahoo messenger”. Ajay, it seemed, had no problem talking through social media, it was only face-to-face that troubled him. As we started talking it became clear that he was a very interesting person with varied tastes and was a very good listener which I knew for a fact as he would listen patiently to my nonstop chatter for hours and hours and I was already known as a talkative person and had often been told that I could talk nonstop on anything under the sun! Our talks became a constant and much anticipated time of the day. Slowly Ajay was opening to me and we even tried talking face-to-face which I think went really well since it was only me talking and him listening!!

Now after two years, he was totally at ease in my company and I really believed that he thought of me as a friend though how I wished he would consider me more. I don’t know when I started falling for him but I had fallen pretty hard. He was still talking and I could see his mouth moving.

“Are you listening?” He shook me.

“Are you okay? Speak up damnit.”

“I am fine. What are you doing here?” I asked meekly. He was really angry and it somewhat sacred me because Ajay never got angry. He was a taciturn and calm person.

“I came for you. I don’t know what you were thinking. Come now. I have a cab waiting.” He told me while taking my luggage and pushing me deeper in the fog. A cab was waiting and as we sat he told the driver to take us to the train station.

“Why are we going to the train station?” I still felt as if all this was a dream.

He muttered something unintelligible.

“Why do think? We will take a train to the next station and hopefully get a bus to Lucknow or any city on its route from there.”

“But why are you going to Lucknow? You live in Delhi.” I justified thinking that he needed to get his memory refreshed.

“I know I live in Delhi.” He snapped.

“Then why are you going to Lucknow?”

Everything was looking so unreal to me that I felt in a trance. My heart was still beating a little faster which scared me. The thick fog outside the cab windows and the shifty eyed cab driver were no solace either. I was feeling cold and uneasy which was odd. I had always felt safe with Ajay.

Could it be that this was not Ajay but a ghost?

I had heard of stories where people swore they had seen someone they knew but in reality that person was not there and this mostly happened on a cold foggy night!

“Stop it! Stop it!” I chanted and tried to shut down my overactive imagination.

I was shivering now.

“What is it?” Ajay was worried. I could see his eyes narrowing and seeking an answer to my uneasiness.

“You are here?” I whispered.

“OMG Ava!” He whispered and suddenly I was in his arms.

“Of course I am here. See.” He said as he got away from me and straightened, waving a hand at his body.

“I heard about how you had left alone to take a direct bus from Indore and I knew I could not let you go alone so I came.” He flashed his mega watt smile at me.

Now my heart was thumping for another reason. He had come for me, for just a friend. I could not believe it. I had to know. Know if I was just a friend or something more. This was my last chance before we separated forever and so, taking a deep breath and the biggest risk of my life, I asked.

“Why did you come?”

“I told you just now. I heard that you had …” I interrupted him by raising my palm to make him stop and asked again.

“No, why did you feel you had to come? I could go on my own?”

“Yeah, I can see how you could go on your own.” He laughed like I had cracked a joke. This angered me. Here I was with my heart on my sleeve and breaking every possible rule of the society by asking a boy how he felt about me and he thought this was a joke!

“Who am I to you that you think I need your protection? You are not my keeper.” I lashed out.

“But I mean to be.” His answer was so low that I barely heard it.

“What? What did you say?” I asked between the loud roaring going on in my ears and the banging of my heart against my ribs.

He straightened even more and looked me in the eye.

“I said that I hope to be your protector and your keeper. I love you Ava. Marry me.”

I wasn't sure I had heard correctly. The drop dead handsome and the one, who had captured my heart so long ago, loved me!

My heart soared with happiness and as I looked at him I saw the sincerity and the doubt he had. Hell! Who could have believed that this so-sought-after boy could love me, a plain Jane?

“Well. What is it? I just bared my heart to you and you have nothing to say?” He was getting angry for the second time in one evening which was so uncharacteristic of him. All because he cared for me! Yippee…I felt powerful and a bit smug.

“Oh, I have a lot to say.” I faked anger and saw him blanch with the light going out of his eyes.

“I am sorry. Please forget what I said. It was nothing.” He spoke in a dull and robotic voice.

“Oh, but I know it is everything I wanted to hear and more.” I told him all the while looking for a reaction.

He jerked like I had slapped him.

“What do you mean?” He looked at me with beseeching eyes like a love starved puppy.

“It means that I love you, stupid. I love you so much that sometimes I feel like I will die if you leave me. It means that I have always loved you but was never sure if you would love me back. It means that I could have jumped into the well had you asked me to jump, even once. When you left me so easily today, I died a hundred deaths and you have to pay for that.”

I shouted as I jumped across the cab seat towards him as he caught me and we both laughed. Even the shifty eyed cab driver or the fog could not daunt my happiness then.

“Why did you leave so suddenly? You didn't even say a proper goodbye.” I admonished.

“That’s because I had a surprised planned for you which thanks to you, is now spoiled.” He reprimanded me.

“What surprise?” I asked ignoring his dark eyes which now had turned even darker with an unnamed emotion sending shivers down my spine.

He cupped my chin in his palms and said, “I was going to ask your hand in marriage and seek your parent’s blessings once I reached your home. I even had a flight booked which would have got me to your place before you. But what do I get? I get to give you this, here, like this, in the back of a cab!” He shook his head as he feigned irritation but there was a twinkle in his eyes as he slipped a beautiful white band on my finger.

My eyes opened so wide that I felt they would pop right out.

“I love you, Ava. Even though you are a major pain and I never know what stunt you will pull next but what I do know is that I can’t live without you. I promise to cherish and respect you as long as I live. This band is my promise to you.”

I could not believe that all this was real. I was too shocked to formulate a proper reply to his great admission of love for me and so the best I got out was this.

“Why platinum? Why not gold or diamond?”

As soon as the words were out I cringed and was afraid of his reaction to my blunder but Ajay laughed heartily.

“It’s just my luck that out of all the fair ladies, I fell for one who instead of hugging me questions my choice of metal.”

He rolled his eyes in feigned disgust but hugged me nevertheless and said in a gentle tone.

“I chose platinum because it is eternal. Just like our love, platinum will never fade or tarnish. So it is best suited for us.”

“I will always love you.” He whispered as he stroked my ring adorned finger.

“Me too.”

I replied as I finally got the love of my life and thanked God, vowing to treat him with my promised one kg of laddoos.

My impulsive decision to travel alone got me the love confession from the man I loved. That day was truly our “Platinum Day of Love” which we made memorable with our platinum bands vowing to love and cherish each other forever.

Our parents gave us their blessings and soon we were married. Our bands of love still shine bright and each day reminds us of our promise to love each other.
Because real love can only begin. Never end..

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

#BookReview--> Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson

"Are you ready for the time of your life?" the slogan for Double Dare, Inc., read and Louisa Honeycutt, running from her wedding and her over-protective father felt as if it had been sent just for her. Always the dutiful daughter and over sheltered,

#FREEBIE and #BARGAIN books quota for the day- 30/10/2013

What happens when a modern day Cinderella's dreams don't involve getting married? 

Romance? Love? In this Once Upon A Romance Series Book 1 romantic comedy, Charlotte (Charlie) King doesn't have time for either one. All she wants is her late father's dream to come true by making his beloved King's Department Store thrive again. However, her stepmother has other ideas. Charlie agrees to help her stepmother find grooms for her sheltered stepsisters. In exchange, the stepmother will release her stronghold on the store's budget. After all, one good deed deserves another, right? But, Charlie has no idea what her heart's in for when...
Alexander (Alex) Royale, dubbed by society newspapers as Prince Charming, arrives for dinner to meet the all-female King family. His ailing grandparents yearn for his marriage and then the baby carriage. Well, that and running the family company. Having unsuccessfully searched for months, Alex doesn't hold out any hope in finding his future bride among the King sisters. However, all his expectations, including his idea of a business-like marriage of convenience, vanish the moment Charlie crashes into him.
When Alex sets out out to win over Charlotte, he has no idea he has to bargain with the stepmother, secretly buy the store, court Charlotte after the wedding, and, oh yeah, be featured in Charlie's new fairy tale ad campaign, The Charmings, based on them. Can a guy ever get a break?
The couple never factored in falling in love with each other. Now, faced with losing all their families ever wanted, Charlie and Alex must choose: Do they live their families' dreams or do they finally live their own?

After years in Boston and a year of working for herself as a contract consultant and adjunct professor, Dr. Anne Conner is ready to return home to work in her field as a marine biochemist and research scientist. With money running low, Anne jumps at the chance to interview for her dream job with the world famous Stanford Enterprises research company.

When she makes the final round of interviews, Anne decides to combine her time in Seattle interviewing with a vacation trip to her family's inn on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. The last thing she expected was to run in the object of her teenage dreams, Ben Carlson, who is on the island for his sister's wedding. Nor did she plan on the passion that erupts between them. Is their relationship only a vacation romance as they agreed from the beginning, or will it turn into something more when Anne moves back to Seattle?

Just as Anne begins to hope for more, the unthinkable is revealed. Ben is none other than her new boss. Worse yet is that he thinks that she only used him to get the job!

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 Considered the best mystery novel ever written...
Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.
The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…

Hercule Poirot attends an auction and gets much more than he bid on: a disputed will, gunshots, and ancient Egyptian spirits. This might be Poirot's strangest case yet.

Ninety-one year old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his beloved, and long-dead, wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met, the dark days of WWII, and its unrelenting effect on their families. 

A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalizing future for herself, but Luke has a secret which threatens to break it all apart.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected - and shocking - of ways. 

The new epic love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Notebook, The Lucky One and The Best of Me. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved authors.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

#FREEBIE and #BARGAIN books quota for the day!!

One hundred of hilarious and funny jokes! Have fun and laugh!


Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He’s looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she’s looking for redemption. 

They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him. Spending time with Ari starts cracking the hard shell that Rafe has built around his heart, but he denies the affect she has on him until it’s too late to stop the inevitable conclusion that their relationship is headed for.
Rafe once believed in happily ever after, coming from a large Italian family. He’s got the Midas touch, since every endeavor he tries turns to gold. That all ends when his wife walks out the door and leaves him blindsided. His devastation quickly turns to steel when he decides no woman will fool him again. From that point on he treats relationships as nothing more than business transactions where both party’s come out mutually benefited.
Just when Ari has sunk to the lowest she’s ever been she finds an ad in the paper announcing a job that’s too good to be true. It turns out she’s right. She makes it through the intense rounds of interviews only to find out the job is for a mistress to the powerful Rafe Palazzo, owner of Palazzo Enterprises. Rafe gives her a day to think about whether she wants the position or not, and she’s sent on her way, only to find out her mother’s near-terminal position has taken a turn for the worse. Her mom’s only in the hospital because Ari messed up, and her mother’s the one who paid the price. Is Rafe her savior, or will he take her with him straight to the depths of hell?

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Any couple who spends the night in the Christmas cottage shall have love everlasting...
Lacey Quinn did not believe in happily ever after or the legend of the Christmas cottage. As maid of honor for her best friend Ava, her duties included decorating the cottage for the newlyweds. It was a simple enough task, but she hadn't counted on sexy Ean Callahan, the bride-to-be's brother, to be assisting her.
Spending the evening ensconced in the overly romantic setting while a blizzard howls outside has Lacey wondering if fairy tales really do come true...

Can she save the world and cleans toilets, too? 
Worst. Birthday. Ever. Cassidy Burke’s dog ate her breakfast, then her ancient washing machine finally died. Oh, and Logan Miller is back. First love, baby daddy to her genius daughter (won’t he be surprised?), still so handsome he makes her hoo-hah tingle. Which is exciting but confusing because she’s also getting serious flirting vibes from her latest client, Devlin Cole – a tall, dark, walking, talking orgasm. 
So forgive her if she’s not exactly thrilled when a strange old lady barges into her house and insists that Cass’s destiny is to hunt demons. A., she doesn’t want to hunt demons, she wants to clean houses (and she doesn’t really want to do that). And B., there’s no such thing as demons. Except… they seem pretty real when they’re coming after her. 
As if running a business and being a single mom wasn’t enough, now she has to train to become a kick-ass Demon Duster, decide which hunk to do more than flirt with, and – oh, yeah – dodge the demons determined to kill her before she taps into her full power. All in a day’s work…

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